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...And Then They Came For the Anarchists (english)
01 Oct 2002
Modified: 03 Oct 2002
On Friday, 27 September 2002, in Washington D.C. the state declared war on us.
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Bravo! (english)
01 Oct 2002
We will be there with you.
time to write a book (english)
02 Oct 2002
I'm going to write a book entitled "Why I Am Not An Anarchist". It will be about how people who call themselves "anarchist" are a bunch of cliquish poseurs who define "revolution" by their own behavior and fetishize confrontation with police, as if this achieves constructive social change. Forget about connecting to actual people's struggles, working for concrete positive change.

No, it's much better to rant about "revolution" in the abstract, and how we all need to "fucking get in the streets", where, presumably, we will draw on the asphalt with chalk and pump our fists at cops. Then, when the cops drag away our sorry asses, we will complain about the repression. At no point will any of our actions have a positive impact on people's lives. At no point will we attempt to even TALK to other people in the SAME MARCH as we are in. We will mask up and march in a block of people who look and dress like us, which we do for "security reasons", but which just ends up making us look like a goofy cult. We will make lots of empty demands and have lots of meaningless rhetoric about smashing the state. We won't even THINK about how to go about smashing the state - after all, if enough people stand on a block of asphalt, the state will fall apart by itself, won't it? Right?

I used to think "anarchist" meant something positive I wanted to associate myself with. But apparently not any more. Now "anarchist" is a label for vacuous protest-hoppers who are "anarchists" only for the sake of being "anarchists", and don't actually practice anything like anarchism. So, while I'll continue to subscribe to the anti-authoritarian, communist and democratic philosophies that the term "anarchist" used to mean for me, I don't think I'm going to call myself an anarchist anymore. I don't want to be lumped in with you clowns.
good! (english)
02 Oct 2002
we don't need you!
Anarchists, criticism and revolution (english)
03 Oct 2002
Thank you "blitzen" for your criticism.

If anarchists are to be relevant in making revolution we must move away from the characterized "anarchists" you describe above. Indeed we must "connect to actual people's struggles" avoid making "lots of empty demands and ... lots of meaningless rhetoric". I applaud blitzen for sticking with her "anti-authoritarian, communist and democratic philosophies". What is important is the content of our politics and how it manifests in our actions, not the label we put on it. However, "blitzen" does a disservice to the anarchist movement as a whole by lumping us together with one stereotyped image (even when that image is often accurate).

As for the above commenter "@": what we don't need is more lack of self criticism, more hostility to those who don't fit the anarcho mold.

Finally on the original post "...And Then They Came For the Anarchists." While this piece is well written it is far too self-congratulatory and doesn't really help us anarchists move forward. Here are a few points:
- As women, workers, queers, immigrants etc. anarchists have been under attack our whole lives.
- Anarchists as anarchists have been under attack since the late 1800s (Haymarket)
- Friday 9/27 was not "A systematic, surprise attack on anarchists". Chief Ramsey's intentions to use preemptive arrests were all over the news media including
- What the author write off as Saturday's "liberal rally and march" included the participation of many radicals including anarchists.
- The reason Friday's action was repressed more than Saturday's or Sunday's isn't because anarchists are a threat to "national security", but because we were isolated and vulnerable.
- I agree that we "must not leave the streets", but unless our street mobilizations arise from our organizing in "the homes, workplaces, and shelters" we will continue to be a marginalized force.

It isn't enough to mobilize militantly as anarchists and make statement that we are struggling alongside with others. We must be involved in the day to day struggles of our class, of whatever dispossessed groups we find ourselves in. It is by being involved in the same labor unions, tenant unions, women's groups, student groups with the rest of our class that anarchists can make a difference in the struggle, not by organizing our own marginalized actions isolated from everyone else.